Frequently Asked Questions

Art & Chalk Fest 2018 takes place on Saturday, July 28 from 9:00-5:00, and Sunday, July 29 from 10:00-4:00 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wisconsin. Museum hours are 10:00-5:00 for the duration of the weekend.

Yes. There is no cost to attend Art & Chalk Fest 2018. The Museum is also free and open to the public for the duration of the weekend.

Yes. Winners are announced on Saturday and celebrated with an awards ceremony on Sunday. More information to come for the 2018 event.

Artists are given the opportunity to apply for the event through Zapplication. (Click here to apply)

A blind selection by judges is based on several criteria including medium, quality, application information, and more.

Yes. If you have found or lost an item, please check with the Member Services desk inside the entrance of the Museum.

Art and Chalk Fest 2018 will take place on Saturday, July 28 from 9:00-5:00 and Sunday, July 29 from 10:00-4:00. The public is welcome to walk by the chalk art during the evening hours. There will be 24-hour security on the premises.

The Museum of Wisconsin Art is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00-5:00.

There are a number of vendor opportunities:

Frr other vending opportunities (below), please email

  • Chalk Artists
  • Food and Beverage Vendors
  • Music and Entertainment

Art & Chalk Fest is free and open to the public. The museum is also to the public to encourage all to experience the visual arts of Wisconsin. MOWA will offer specials on memberships during the weekend to encourage future participation in special events, programs, exhibitions and activities for all ages throughout the year.

Learn more about memberships and join now at: 

Yes, there will be bike racks on site. Foot and bike transportation is encouraged since MOWA sits along the Eisenbahn State Trail.

All certified service animals are welcome.

Other pets are not allowed. Thank you for understanding.

There are many unique shops and restaurants in downtown West Bend and within walking distance from MOWA. Check out the Downtown West Bend Association Business Directory to learn more about nearby attractions!

Yes! Absolutely. We encourage children and adults of all ages to experience Art & Chalk Fest. There are activities for everyone.

Since some of the chalk artists use a type of non-toxic chalk that can stain pavement, the artwork will be washed away the next day. We encourage you to come on both Saturday and Sunday to experience the artistic process, see the final work, and celebrate the artists.

On Monday, July 30, we will say good bye with a special ceremony. Please join us at 10 a.m.

The show will go on! Artist booths are prepared for rain and shopping will still be available. Other activities may be moved inside the museum.

Depending on the severity of the weather, the chalk art will continue as planned outdoors and may be tarped to protect the artwork.

Weather is all part of the ephemeral process.

There are several ways to take part in Art & Chalk Fest:

There will be up to 20 professional and student chalk artists at Art & Chalk Fest 2018

Yes. We offer opportunities for nearby handicap parking, drop-off locations, and accessible sidewalks, ramps, and an indoor elevator to explore the galleries.

Free, convenient street parking and parking in adjacent lots.

Lot 1 Main Museum Lot – Closed for Event

Lot 2 Between Wisconsin St and N Forest Ave

Lot 3 Between Auxiliary Ct and Wisconsin St, just east of the Eisenbahn Trail

Parking Lot Map (PDF)

Please contact Julia Jackson at 262-247-2269 or email